ETALON GROUP PLC (“Etalon Group” or the “Company”), one of Russia’s largest and longest-established development and construction companies, announces the results of its previously announced offering of rights to subscribe for newly issued ordinary shares of the Company (“Ordinary Shares”) to existing holders of the Company’s equity securities (the “Rights Offering”).
In the Rights Offering, holders of Ordinary Shares (“Record Date Shareholders”) as of 5 p.m. (London time) on 26 April 2021 (the “Record Date”) were offered rights to subscribe, pro-rata to their holdings, for newly issued Ordinary Shares in the total amount of up to 88,487,391, representing 30% of the Company’s total issued Ordinary Shares. Holders of global depositary receipts representing Ordinary Shares (“GDRs”) as of 10 p.m. (London time) on 26 April 2021 who met certain eligibility criteria (“Eligible GDR Holders”) were able to participate in the Rights Offering through the GDR facility administered by The Bank of New York Mellon, as depositary (the “Depositary”).
The Rights Offering started at 9 a.m. (London time) on 27 April 2021 and ended at 5 p.m. (London time) on 12 May 2021 for Record Date Shareholders and on 5 p.m. (London time) on 11 May 2021 for Eligible GDR Holders.
In the Rights Offering, one of the Company’s largest investors, Capgrowth Investments Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sistema PJSFC), has subscribed for 22,632,806 new Ordinary Shares, pro-rata to its holding as of the Record Date. In addition, other Eligible GDR Holders have subscribed for 706,926 new Ordinary Shares and 281,975 new GDRs in total.
A marketed offering to institutional investors of 64,865,684 Ordinary Shares not taken up during the Rights Offering in the form of GDRs (the “Rump Offering”, and together with the Rights Offering, the “Offering”) will follow by means of a book-building, which will start and close today, on 13 May 2021.
The offer price in the Rump Offering will be the same as the subscription price in the Rights Offering (USD 1.70 per GDR).
The Company expects that in the Rump Offering, Sistema PJSFC, acting directly or indirectly through its affiliate or another person, will place an order for GDRs offered in the Rump Offering, including any which remain unsold to other investors following the book-building process.
Renaissance Capital, Sberbank CIB (UK) Limited and VTB Capital plc are acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners in connection with the Offering.
The settlement of both the Rights Offering and the Rump Offering is expected to take place on or around 18 May 2021.
The detailed terms and conditions of the Offering, are set out in the offering memorandum dated 26 April 2021 (the “Offering Memorandum”), which is available on the Etalon Group website (https://www.etalongroup.com/) in the section Corporate Governance-Information Memorandum.
This and other recent announcements are available on the Etalon Group website: https://www.etalongroup.com/investor-relations/investor-news/
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About Etalon Group
Founded in 1987, Etalon Group is one of the largest development and construction companies in Russia. The Company focuses on middle class residential real estate in the Moscow and St Petersburg metropolitan areas. With a more than 30-year history, Etalon Group has one of the longest and most successful track records in the Russian real estate industry. Since its foundation, Etalon Group has commissioned 7.5 million sqm of real estate.
With our integrated business model, we are able to create added value for clients and shareholders at every stage of development: from land plot analysis and acquisition to the delivery of completed properties and provision of post-development housing services. Etalon Group employs over 4,600 people, and its nationwide sales and marketing network covers 59 Russian cities.
In 2019, Etalon Group acquired and consolidated 100% in Leader-Invest, one of Moscow’s largest residential developers by size of land bank and number of projects currently available for sale.
Etalon Group’s total assets comprise 20 projects under development, unsold inventory at completed residential complexes and commercial properties, with total unsold NSA of 2.8 million sqm, as well as construction and maintenance division. Colliers International valued the Company’s total assets at RUB 204 billion as of 31 December 2020.
In 2020, Etalon Group’s new contract sales totalled 538 ths sqm, or RUB 79.9 billion. Deliveries in 2020 amounted to 540 ths sqm.
The Company’s revenue in 2020 amounted to RUB 78.7 billion, with EBITDA of RUB 12.6 billion.
Etalon Group’s GDRs have traded on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange since 20 April 2011 and on the Level 1 quotation list of Moscow Exchange since 31 January 2020 under the ticker ETLN.
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Each of the Company, Renaissance Capital, Sberbank CIB (UK) Limited and VTB Capital plc and their respective affiliates as defined under Rule 501(b) of Regulation D of the Securities Act (“affiliates”), expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any forward looking statement contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, and the distribution of this announcement shall not be deemed to be any form of commitment on the part of the Company to proceed with the Offering or any transaction or arrangement referred to therein.
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In connection with the Offering, Renaissance Capital, Sberbank CIB (UK) Limited and VTB Capital plc and any of their respective affiliates, may take up a portion of the GDRs as a principal position and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell or otherwise deal for their own accounts in such GDRs and other securities of the Company or related investments in connection with the Offering or otherwise. Accordingly, references in the Offering Memorandum to the GDRs being issued, offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue or offer to, or subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by Renaissance Capital, Sberbank CIB (UK) Limited and VTB Capital plc and any of their respective affiliates acting in such capacity. In addition, Renaissance Capital, Sberbank CIB (UK) Limited and VTB Capital plc and any of their respective affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps or contracts for differences) with investors in connection with which they may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of GDRs. None of Renaissance Capital, Sberbank CIB (UK) Limited and VTB Capital plc nor any of their respective affiliates intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) Regulation (EU) 600/2014 as it forms part of domestic law in the United Kingdom by virtue of the EUWA (“U.K. MiFIR”); and (b) the FCA Handbook Product Intervention and Product Governance Sourcebook (together, the “U.K. MiFIR Product Governance Rules”), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any “manufacturer” (for the purposes of U.K. MiFIR) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Ordinary Shares and the GDRs have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that the Ordinary Shares and the GDRs are: (i) compatible with an end target market of investors who meet the criteria of eligible counterparties, as defined in the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook, and professional clients, as defined in U.K. MiFIR; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by U.K. MiFIR (the “U.K. Target Market Assessment”). Notwithstanding the U.K. Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the Ordinary Shares and/or GDRs may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Ordinary Shares and the GDRs offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Ordinary Shares and/or the GDRs is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The U.K. Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Offering. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the U.K. Target Market Assessment, Renaissance Capital, Sberbank CIB (UK) Limited and VTB Capital will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties for the purposes of the U.K. MiFIR Product Governance Rules.
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Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Ordinary Shares and/or GDRs and determining appropriate distribution channels.